Ghaffari Associates


APA and AICP Activities

    • Established Lambda Alpha International as an AICP CM Provider providing CM credits for semiannual international workshops and monthly chapter events.
    • LAI’s Land Economics Weekends in cities such as Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Santa Fe and Glasgow (and monthly events at LAI chapters) deliver professional lectures, seminars and mobile workshops which provide opportunities for continuing educational experiences for AICP members attending the events and receiving CM credit.
    • Charter Member, American Institute of Certified Planners: 1978
    • Charter Member, American Planning Association: 1978
    • Member, American Institute of Planners: 1972

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

    • Elected Fellow Member of Lambda Alpha International (LAI), the honorary land economics society.
    • International Historian, LAI: 2006 to 2010
    • Chairman of the International Awards Committee, LAI: 2005 and 2007
    • International Member of the Year, LAI: 2003
    • Chapter Member of the Year, Los Angeles Chapter, LAI: 2002
    • Certificate of Appreciation, Los Angeles Chapter, LAI: 2001
    • President, Los Angeles Chapter, LAI: 2000-2001
    • Scotty Award of the L.A. Leggerssm in recognition of his long-standing support: 1992
    • City of Los Angeles Certificate of Commendation for Service to the L.A. Leggerssm: March 1991
    • Certificate of Appreciation for Service to the Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad: 1984

Public Service:

Venue Planner, U.S. Olympic Organizing Committee, XXIIIrd Olympiad (Los Angeles, CA): 1983-1984

    • Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel headquarters and meeting facilities for the International Olympic Committee and the administration of all sports federations
    • Los Angeles International Airport Athletes’ Arrival & Processing Facilities
    • Los Angeles Convention Center Press Facilities
    • Santa Anita Equestrian Dressage event venue
    • Fairbanks Ranch, North San Diego Equestrian Endurance event venue
    • Velodrome Cycling Competition event venue
    • Los Angeles City College Field Hockey event venue
    • Post Olympic Reconstruction of all sports venues back to original status

Health-Oriented Training Program of the L.A. Leggerssm

    • 1989-1992: Charter Member – incorporated the L.A. Leggerssm, “the premier Los Angeles marathon training program” founded by Bob Scott with the assistance of Olympian Jeff Galloway, as a non-profit mutual-benefit organization. Served on the initial board of directors; provided cartographic design services; developed the initial training handbook to guide the board of directors and support volunteer runner organization; and was instrumental in establishing the organization as a self-sufficient entity.
    • Completed 5 marathons.

Educational Contributions at LA Chapter, LAI:

    • As LA Chapter President, inaugurated and implemented the LAI Lecture Series in Land Economics in collaboration with Dr. Donald Bleich at California State University at Northridge’s Center for Real Estate: 2001
    • At the University of Southern California, as President of the LA Chapter of LAI, moderated a panel of experts discussing the challenges and opportunities within the contemporary development process in Southern California: 2000

Membership in Allied Organizations

    • Westside Urban Forum – Member since 2005
    • California State University at Northridge, Center for Real Estate, Member of the Board of Advisors since 2002
    • Lambda Alpha International (LAI), Los Angeles Chapter, Member since 1994; Historian, Los Angeles Chapter 2006; Member LAI Executive Committee 2005; Member LAI International Awards Committee 2001
    • Urban Land Institute, Associate Member: 1975 – 1999
    • Urban Land Institute, Supporting member: 1975